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Putin orders partial troop withdrawal from Syria, inks Egypt nuclear deal

MOSCOW: Russian President Vladimir Putin yesterday ordered the partial withdrawal of Russian troops from Syria, during a surprise visit to the war-torn country. Putin arrived at Russia’s Hmeimim airbase in…

Saudi Arabia lifts decades-long ban on cinemas

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia yesterday lifted a decades-old ban on cinemas, part of powerful Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s far-reaching liberalization drive that is shaking up the ultraconservative Muslim kingdom. The…

IS long gone, but former Iraqi oil hub still dead

BAIJI: A white rocking horse and a child’s toy car lie abandoned on a dusty lane in the Iraqi city of Baiji, a small sign of the ruin that can…

New protests flare over US Jerusalem declaration

JERUSALEM: New protests flared in the Middle East and elsewhere yesterday over US President Donald Trump’s declaration of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, a move that has drawn global condemnation and…

Egypt revives dream of new desert capital

Only a few Gulf companies and a Chinese partner have expressed interest   CAIRO: In Egypt’s eastern desert, roads are being carved across vast expanses of sand where the government…

Yazidis caught in ‘political football’ between Baghdad and Iraqi Kurds

Yazidi heartland seized from Kurds by Baghdad loyalists   SINJAR: Since Iraqi forces pushed the Kurds out of the Yazidis’ mountainous heartland of Sinjar in northern Iraq in October, residents…

Abbas to shun Pence; 2 killed; North Korea slams ‘dotard’ Trump

RAMALLAH: Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas will refuse to meet US Vice President Mike Pence later this month following Washington’s controversial policy shift on Jerusalem, an Abbas aide said yesterday, as…

Despite furor over Jerusalem, Saudis seen on board with US peace efforts

Riyadh pushing Trump’s peace plan – in private ; Saudis ‘increasingly in line’ with Israelis to counter Iran RIYADH: Saudi Arabia pulled no punches when it condemned President Donald Trump’s…

World slams Trump’s Jerusalem move

Saudis call move ‘irresponsible,’ Qatar warns of ‘serious repercussions’ RAMALLAH, Palestinian Territories: US President Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital sparked Palestinian protests, clashes and a call for…

EU vows push to make Jerusalem capital for Palestinians too

‘Only realistic solution to the conflict is based on two states’ BRUSSELS: The EU’s top diplomat pledged yesterday to reinvigorate diplomacy with Russia, the United States, Jordan and others to…

Qatar, France sign $1bn fighter jet agreement amid Gulf crisis

DOHA: Qatar announced yesterday a deal to buy 12 French-built Rafale fighter jets, as it faces a boycott by neighboring Gulf states in the region’s worst political crisis in years.…

Trump’s Jerusalem move brings little change, big risk of violence

Concept of two-state solution in jeopardy JERUSALEM: US President Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital may bring little immediate concrete change but risks sparking another round of violence…

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